Lewandowski hits two as Barca beat Ceuta in Copa del Rey

Lewandowski Hits Two As Barca Beat Ceuta In Copa Del Rey
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Barcelona cruised to a 5-0 win over minnows Ceuta to reach the Spanish Cup quarter-finals on Thursday, riding the wave after lifting their first trophy of the season last week.

The Catalans lifted the Spanish Super Cup in Riyadh with a convincing triumph over Real Madrid, and after initially struggling to break through Ceuta’s defence, the goals finally came. Robert Lewandowski scored twice, while Raphinha, Ansu Fati and Franck Kessie also netted for Barcelona, ​​who have won the Spanish Cup a record 31 times.

Xavi’s team took helicopters to Ceuta after flying to Malaga in the morning by plane, just as they had when they visited the North African coast for a Spanish Cup match in 2010. Perhaps the trip to the small Spanish territory that borders Morocco took something away from the Catalans, as they struggled to create danger in the first half.

Coach Xavi Hernandez made several rotations which didn’t help either, with only Lewandowski starting in the squad that won the Spanish Super Cup last Sunday. Raphinha sent a cross shot past the far post, while at the other end Rodri Rios sent a dangerous header into the side netting. Barcelona’s Brazilian winger Raphinha finally broke the deadlock before the break when he cut inside the right and tucked home with his left foot.

Five minutes into the second half, Robert Lewandowski doubled Barcelona’s lead with a clinical finish after good work from Franck Kessie. Substitute Ansu Fati scored the third goal, entering the box from the left flank and firing into the far corner after 70 minutes.

Ceuta striker Rodri had the chance to pull one back for his side but miscontrolled a pass and Barcelona reserve keeper Inaki Pena snuck in to collect the ball. Former AC Milan midfielder Kessie added Barcelona’s fourth to complete their impressive second-half display, while Lewandowski brought home a late fifth to seal the rout. The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Friday.